Learning Buddies Program Seeks Volunteers | To free



As the new school year approaches, the DARTS Learning Buddies program is entering its 25th season, helping elementary students and volunteers through intergenerational connections.

DARTS is looking for volunteers this school year to help distance elementary school students in reading, math, science and the arts for 1 to 2 hours per week. For 25 years, Learning Buddies volunteers have helped thousands of students in more than 45 schools in Dakota, Scott, Ramsey and Hennepin counties.

The intergenerational bonds formed through the Learning Buddies program “are meaningful and valuable to everyone involved,” said Erin Walloch, program manager. While “students benefit from having community members show that they care about them and their school career,” the program gives adult volunteers the opportunity to stay active in the community and provides teachers with support. in class, fostering many unlikely friendships along the way.

This program is sponsored by Flint Hills Resources, the Otto Bremer Foundation, Old National Bank, the Richard M. Schulze Foundation, the Louis and Peaches Owen Family Foundation, Xcel Energy, Lakeville Lions Club, SKB Environmental and Eagan Foundation.

Since 1974, the non-profit DARTS has served the elderly and their families in the Southeast Metro, helping the elderly lead more independent lives. Services include house cleaning, home repairs, outside housework, transportation services, caregiver coaching, and volunteer opportunities. For more information or to become a volunteer, call 651-455-1560 or visit us at www.dartsconnects.org.



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